From MGK and Latto to Viola Davis, Here Are This Year's First-Time Grammy Nominees

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 27: Viola Davis speaks onstage during 2022 WIF Honors at The Beverly Hilton on October 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)

As a lot enjoyable as it’s to see music’s largest names among the many 2023 Grammy nominees, it is also an annual spotlight to see which first-timers are up for his or her very first Grammy awards every year. The 2023 freshman class is full of rising expertise who’re simply getting began on their music careers — however they are not all complete unknowns.

The largest group, in fact, is in the very best new artist class, the place the Grammys acknowledge the brightest up-and-coming stars. This 12 months, the nominees are Anitta, Omar Apollo, Domi & JD Beck, Samara Joy, Latto, Maneskin, Muni Long, Tobe Nwigwe, Molly Tuttle, and Wet Leg. Among these nominees, Wet Leg additionally broke into different classes, incomes nods for greatest different album, greatest engineered album (nonclassical), and greatest different music efficiency.

Other classes have a excessive focus of first-timers, too. The greatest rock album class, as an example, options the primary profession Grammy nominations for Machine Gun Kelly (who was additionally one of many stars saying the nominations), Spoon, and Idles. Rock act Turnstile additionally picked up a number of nominations within the rock style classes (greatest rock tune and greatest metallic efficiency for “Blackout” and greatest rock efficiency for “Holiday”). In the rap class, GloRilla snagged a first-time nod in greatest rap efficiency for “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” with Hitkidd.

As normal, the very best musical theater album class options some unbelievable Grammy newcomers, together with Tony-winning songwriters and performers corresponding to Michael R. Jackson, Lucy Moss and Toby Barlow, and Myles Frost. Kim Petras earned her first nomination for greatest pop duo/group efficiency for “Unholy,” her collaboration with Sam Smith. Even one of many evening’s largest prizes of all has a first-time nominee: “ABCDEFU” by Gayle joins songs by Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Adele, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, and different music A-listers within the tune of the 12 months class.

Not all first-time nominees are lesser-known names, nonetheless. One of the larger tales this 12 months is that Viola Davis simply acquired her first profession Grammy nomination for greatest audiobook, narration, and storytelling recording for her memoir, “Finding Me.” If she wins within the class, she would be part of the elite EGOT membership!

We cannot wait to see which first-timers go dwelling with trophies on the Grammys ceremony on Feb. 5, 2023. It could be the first time we see these artists snag Grammy nominations, however we’ve a reasonably good feeling it will not be the final!

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